So here we are again with Bazooka about to undergo some much needed refurbishment. And while I’m sure there are many techniques out there on how to do this, here’s how I did it. Changing rusty screws is pretty straight forward and here are the basics of what you’ll need:
A screwdriver of the appropriate size to remove old screws
Some CLR for removing rust in cavity and cleaning old screws if you decide to reuse them
A bag of new screws if you decide to replace them
Some Q-tips for applying CLR and cleaning the cavity of rust
Once I had all my supplies together I went ahead and unscrewed the old screws and in doing so discovered there was lot more rust dust underneath the screw head than I first thought and it was obvious that I was going to have to do some cleaning. I dipped a Q-tip into some CLR (Which you can get at any Target or Wal-mart) and cleaned out the contaminated area in and around the screw cavity. I then took dry Q-tips and dried out the cavity completely. If you decide to reuse the original screws then simply get a small container and pour in some CLR. You won’t need too much as you want to fill the container just enough to submerge the tiny screws. Drop the screws in the container and let them soak for about an hour or two. Once time is up, remove the screws using a handy pair of tweezers and blot dry using a paper towel. Clean the screws thoroughly with a Q-tip and the rest of the rust should come off with no problem. If there’s some stubborn spots, try using an old medium bristled toothbrush to finish the job. I purchased some cheap tooth brushes from Walmart specifically to use cleaning figures and they work great, don’t need to spend a lot of money. I decided to replace the screws on Bazooka so I reached for the bag of screws that I obtained from GIJoeheaven.com . Getting them in was a little tougher than I expected as I had to exert some force to get the new screws to screw all the way as the grooves are a bit different but after a little bit of work the screws fit just fine. And here is Bazooka sporting his brand new screws!
He’s sexy and he knows it!
And there you go, pretty straight forward. This goes without saying but exercise caution when using CLR as it is a chemical! Use protective gloves and use in a well ventilated area. Also don’t stab yourself with the screwdriver either ; )
Now that Bazooka is all set with new screws, the next order of business is paint. C’ ya then!